MONOGRAMS 2017: In the Footsteps of Darwin on Santa Cruz & Isabela Islands with Peru & Machu Picchu (ISTC)
15 days from Quito to Lima
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- 15 Days
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|Day 1||Quito||Quito, where you will be met by your Local Host.|
|Day 2||Quito||Your private city TOUR showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and, later, the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable Cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the BASILICA with its marvelous stained-glass windows. (B)|
|Day 3||Isabela Island||Take a morning flight to Baltra, one of the remote Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival, transfer through the highlands of SANTA CRUZ and visit LOS GEMELOS, twin pit craters formed from collapsed lava chambers. This is your first opportunity to catch a glimpse of Darwin's finches, short-eared owls, and other native birds. Next, walk through a private Giant Tortoise RESERVE, where you will get an up-close view of these prehistoric creatures grazing in the wild. After lunch at a local hacienda, board a speed-boat that will whisk you away to the largest island in the archipelago, Isabela Island. En route, watch for whales and dolphins. Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome drink and Naturalist briefing. (B,L,D)|
|Day 4||Isabela Island||Head out to Sierra Negra VOLCANO to see the second-largest active crater in the world after Africa's Ngorongoro. After lunch, spend time at the GIANT TORTOISE BREEDING CENTER, where you will see Giant Tortoises at different stages of development and admire them up close. They live here safely until the age of five when they are released back into the wild on their islands of origin. Later, at FLAMINGO LAGUNA, enjoy a rare opportunity to observe these birds up close. (B,L,D)|
|Day 5||Isabela Island||At LAS TINTORERAS, watch for boobies and penguins before taking a walk on a lava field, home to marine iguanas and sea lions. From atop the lava field, view a small water canal full of white-tipped reef sharks. At the nearby bay, take time to snorkel to see sea turtles, sea lions, tropical fish, and maybe even sharks! After lunch, visit the wetlands in search of flamingos and other seabirds. Also keep a look out for masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and sea lions before continuing on to TUNEL DEL ESTERO, a tunnel formed by lava flows. (B,L)|
|Day 6||Santa Cruz Island||Return to Santa Cruz by speed boat and tour the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION. Learn about conservation efforts by scientists, park rangers, and locals who help preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, journey to TURTLE BAY, a great place for snorkeling from the white-sandy beach. Here you can observe marine iguanas, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, turtles, and many other endemic shore birds. (B,L,D)|
|Day 7||Santa Cruz Island||Enjoy a full-day boat EXCURSION to one of the nearby islands of North Seymour, South Plazas, Bartolome, Dragon Hill, or Santa Fe. The island visited will be determined by Galapagos National Park. (B,L,D)|
|Day 8||Lima||Depart for your flight to Lima, Peru to begin the Peru portion of your vacation. (B)|
|Day 9||Lima||Your included city TOUR focuses on Lima's rich colonial history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. See the cathedral, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro are sealed in a wooden coffin, and the San Francisco MONASTERY with its eerie burial crypts. (B)|
|Day 10||Cusco||Fly to Cusco high in the Andes. Your guided TOUR visits the Santo Domingo MONASTERY, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. It is said it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. In the Plaza de Armas, see the cathedral before taking a short drive outside the city to the ruins of SACSAYHUAMAN with its intricate stone walls, the amphitheater of KENKO, and the red fortress of PUCA PUCARA. (B)|
|Day 11||Sacred Valley||Today, a short drive into the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, brings you to AWANAKANCHA, where you will learn about the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures, as well as the ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Continue to the market town of PISAC. Handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry can be bought here at bargain prices. At the other end of the valley, visit OLLANTAYTAMBO. Here, some of the finest examples of Inca masonry can be seen. (B,L)|
|Day 12||Machu Picchu||Board a TRAIN bound for MACHU PICCHU and cut a path through the Sacred Valley to this 'Lost City of the Incas,' discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. On a guided TOUR, explore this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas. (B,L,D)|
|Day 13||Cusco||A morning at leisure in MACHU PICCHU allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco. (B)|
|Day 14||Lima||Fly to Lima. (B)|
|Day 15||Lima||Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Dates & Prices do not include air travel. Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $1208. Required intra-vacation air segments: Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Guayaquil; Guayaquil/Lima; Lima/Cusco; Cusco/Lima. Air prices were effective on July 13, 2016 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.Galapagos package includes Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value).2018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2017.* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).
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